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There is so much to do and see with City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. Ann Arbor’s 158 parks and 15 parks facilities play host to a variety of amenities and activities for all ages, abilities and interests.

To renew or purchase a summer pool pass click this link to our online registration system​ or you can call Fuller Pool 794.6236 | Buhr Park Pool 794.6234 | Veterans Memorial Park Pool 794.6235 or Parks Customer Service 794.6230 x 0 for assistance. Thank you.

Parks News

New recycling program piloting in the Ann Arbor Parks

We're proud to announce a partnership with Recycle Ann Arbor to provide single-stream sorting bins in 14 Ann Arbor parks and nature areas. Parks piloting this program include:

• Allmendinger Park
• Argo Nature Area
• Bandemer Park
• Burns Park
• Buhr Park
• Fuller Park
• Frisinger Park
• Island Park
• Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area
• Riverside Park
• Southeast Area Park
• Veterans Memorial Park 
• West Park
• Wheeler Park

Glass, metal, plastic bottles & tubs (#1, #2, #4-7) and paper can all go into the single-stream sorting bins. As a reminder, no food waste, Styrofoam, plastic bags or dog waste should go into recycling bins.

Pilot parks were chosen based on the frequency of park users, with special consideration taken into areas with team sport fields, such as baseball and soccer. A pre-pilot waste review was also done and it was noted that considerable recyclable material was present in all the pilot park trash cans, further solidifying the need for recycling. For more information about recycling in the parks visit, e-mai​ or 734.662.6288 ext. 119.

Ann Arbor Skatepark is now open

The City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark, the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office broke ground in 2013 on a 30,000-square-foot, world class facility that is free for the public to use and now open at Veterans Memorial Park (2150 Jackson Road). Skateboarders will enjoy features such as kidney pools from 5 to 9.5 feet deep, a snake run, clover and flow bowls and a rock ride.

Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson Road. From I-94 exit at Jackson Road. The park is located at the intersection of Jackson and North Maple roads. There are four parking lots at the site and an AAATA bus stop within walking distance from the park. ​​

Please note: There is a road construction project ongoing at the intersection of Jackson and North Maple roads​). You may encounter traffic delays getting to the skatepark. We encourage you to car pool, ride your bike or use the AAATA bus. To learn more about the Ann Arbor Skatepark, visit or


Ann Arbor Cultural Arts Series - Concerts in the Park at Burns Park

Don't miss the first in our series of free concerts in Burns Park. Join us Sunday, June 22 at 1 p.m. Cultural Arts Series, Concert in the Park: Gemini — Burns Park, 1300 Baldwin Ave. (in case of rain, performance will take place in adjacent Ann Arbor Senior Center). Popular local duo San and Laz perform music from around the world, and in this special concert, they give a nod to their Eastern European roots. Gemini’s shows are known for enthusiastic audience participation, with original songs, traditional music, storytelling and stage full of instruments. The Cultural Arts Series is made possible by a Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor grant and the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Free admission; donation suggested. Details: 734.794.6250. Visit the senior center site for other information

West Park Concert Series

The Ann Arbor Civic Band (AACB), founded in 1935 as an extension of the University of Michigan's School of Music, is in its 79th year of providing residents of Ann Arbor with a wonderful musical experience over the summer. The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit encourages the public to enjoy these free performances. All performances are held in West Park, 215 Chapin St., at the band shell, on Wednesday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. June 18 through July 23.

See the 2014 West Park concerts schedule. ​

Spring/Summer Program Registration is Open

You can register for 2014 spring and summer activities in the Ann Arbor parks. To start making summer plans for lessons and activities you can view the 72-page parks guide by clicking this link to view the PDF. Guides will be distributed the first week of March around the City of Ann Arbor including Larcom City Hall, all recreation facilities, the downtown library and more. 

2014 Summer Day Camp Registration Ongoing

Registration for summer day camps in the Ann Arbor Parks is underway. Fun-filled, character building and educational experiences include swimming, kayaking, golf, science, crafts and more! View information about camps at Buhr and Fuller Park Pools, Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries, Huron Hills Golf Course and Leslie Science & Nature Center.

Sign up for one of our five day camps.

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Mission statement:

Together, we enrich life by cultivating exceptional experiences.

Core Values:

Stewardship:  We responsibly manage and care for our natural, cultural, and physical resources for current and future generations.
Exceptional Customer Service:  We interact with all people in a professional, friendly and respectful manner, while striving to exceed expectations.

Innovative Improvements:  We foster an environment that supports and encourages innovation and dynamic creative solutions.

Integrity:  We build trust and maintain accountability by doing the right thing.

Community:  We work collaboratively to include and engage the full diversity of our community.

Excellent Parks and Spaces:  We provide safe environments, beautiful spaces, and a welcoming atmosphere.

Fun:  Have fun!


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